OLYMPICS: Gladiator Nick is thrilled at result

In harmony: Nick Robinson-Baker with Chris Mears, top
In harmony: Nick Robinson-Baker with Chris Mears, top
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THE Olympic Games motto of Citius, Altius, Fortius (Faster, Higher, Stronger) is not the only experience of ancient Rome that Sheffield diver Nick Robinson-Baker has had in London.

After finishing fifth in the 3 metre synchro diving final yesterday with Chris Mears he admitted he felt like a gladiator in front of the packed Aquatic Centre.

“It was probably the most amazing sound I’ll ever hear in my life,” he said. “They start cheering and then it becomes a massive roar.

“It’s like being in a gladiators arena. You can’t hear anything about from screaming and shouting. It blew us away. They came hear to see a show and we gave it to them.”

Robinson-Baker and Mears were a very outside chance for a British medal. Their position of fifth delighted them, not least because they came close to beating their personal best score - set earlier this year in Mexico. The 25-year-old Londoner moved to train at Ponds Forge when he was 17. He said: “I didn’t know whether we’d come first or eighth. It’s one of those sports where you can’t tell until you hit the water at the end.

“We came out fifth and I couldn’t be happier. It’s a fantastic result. It has been a long four years cycle. Not just for me and Chris. It’s the families and friends that get involved as well. They’re rooting for you and backing you up. It’s their journey as well as ours, that’s why we get so emotional about it.”

The British pair were seventh after four rounds but two solid efforts - including a final dive of four and a half somersaults - to close moved them fifth behind China, Russia, USA and Ukraine.

The American duo of Kristian Ipsen and Troy Dumais were part of the USA diving squad that prepared for the Games at a training camp at Ponds Forge.

Robinson-Baker said: “Kristian is a good friend of mine and I’ve know Troy for many years. I’m really happy for them. They rose to the occasion.”

What’s on day 6

Barnsley’s Ed Clancy will lead off one of Team GB’s best medal hopes in the men’s pursuit in the velodrome.

Ellie Faulkner is in 800m heats in the pool.

Nate Reinking will try and get a win on the basketball court over Spain.

The men’s Sheffield-based volleyball team play Italy.

Former Rotherham water polo player Adam Scholefield will take on the USA.

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